Seek Justice: Our 121Hope Team Goes On The Road

Bradley Nolff

Northland's 121Hope team went on the road this week! 121Hope is Northland's response to human trafficking – bringing hope to victims and survivors of human trafficking and empowering local abolitionists, all through one-to-one discipleship. The team traveled to Tallahassee this week to attend the Florida Anti-Human Trafficking Advocacy Day (April 13).

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery, but is not limited to a certain age, gender or ethnicity. Thousands of victims are trafficked annually and are subjected to force, fraud or coercion for sexual exploitation or forced labor. Needless to say, the trauma victims face is lifelong.

Our team (along with many other anti-human trafficking service providers and activists) came to the Capitol to raise awareness about the prevalence of human trafficking throughout our state and in our community. After the prayer breakfast and panel discussion from survivor leaders, the team marched to the Historic Capitol Museum Steps where we had a press conference and rally. Following that, our 121Hope team visited with legislators and distributed anti-human trafficking information. One of the many legislators we met with was Representative Cortes (of Altamonte Springs), to discuss the Human Trafficking Education in Schools Bill.

"I know the weight of abuse (although not human trafficking) as a child. I've carried the burden of feeling broken and to know that I could offer hope for every man, woman and child who are enslaved is a beautiful thing. I want people to experience the freedom of God's love the way I was freed." – Kayla R. (121Hope team member)

Kayla reminds us of healing that can only come from relationship intimately pointing us to Christ – the only source of true healing.

"The ultimate healing is to be reintegrated into a community that respects you and loves you." – Pastor Joel C. Hunter

If you would like to play a role in ending this horrible form of modern day slavery, help us seek justice by...
1. Praying (for awareness, rescue, healing and justice)
2. Joining our 121Hope ministry
3. Writing your state representatives urging them to support anti-human trafficking bills such as:

HB 1165 - Relating to Victims of Human Trafficking & SB 970 - Relating to Florida Compensation Trust Fund for Survivors of Human Trafficking/Department of Law Enforcement
HB 1167 - Relating to Trust Funds/Creation/Florida Compensation Trust Fund for Survivors of Human Trafficking/EOG & SB 972 - Relating to Human Trafficking
HB 699 & SB 684 - Relating to Human Trafficking
SB 337 & SB 870 - Relating to Internet Access